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Luminous boom barrier in Czechia, source: SŽDC

Luminous railway barrier is being tested in Czechia

Czech railway infrastructure manager SŽDC is testing the plastic luminous boom barrier. It is equipped with active signalling – red LED lights in white fields. The company declares this solution as another important tool to improve safety at the level crossings across Czechia.

The luminous boom barrier has been installed at Velké Březno railway station on the Kolín – Děčín východ line in the northwestern part of the country. It is located close to primary school while the railway has a daily traffic of 80 trains. Therefore, more safety is required at the installation. “Signaling on the barriers is very well visible in the dark or reduced visibility and it will be in the testing operation,” SŽDC stated.

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Luminous boom barrier in Velké Březno, Czechia, source: SŽDC
Luminous boom barrier in Velké Březno, Czechia, source: SŽDC

Video surveillance

Two years ago SŽDC started to convert the level crossings across Czechia into the intelligent ones. The first installation was opened in the town of Úvaly in the environs of Prague. It was equipped with CCTV cameras to record the traffic violations. Currently, the infrastructure manager works on adding the new option for the intelligent level crossings. They are expected to be equipped with speed radars. Also, SŽDC is negotiating with police and local authorities to use the received data for penalising the car drivers. In the coming years, 30 other intelligent level crossings will be launched in Czechia.

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Author: Mykola Zasiadko

Mykola Zasiadko is editor of online trade magazines RailTech.com and RailFreight.com.

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